What: There’s a flash of brilliant color as the bird flushes from cover. It’s one of many pheasants the Division of Wildlife Resources releases before the annual youth pheasant hunt.
Next Saturday, youth from across the state will have the chance to hunt pheasants and enjoy some fun in the outdoors. When: The hunts begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. There will also be afternoon hunts in all areas—call contacts for details.
The youth pheasant hunts will be held in the following locations:
Douglas/Sorensen Walk-in Access Area (Box Elder Co./northern).
Carr Fork Wildlife Mgmt. Area (Tooele Co./central).
Mallard Spring Wildlife Mgmt. Area (Duchesne Co./northeastern).
For more information about any of the hunts, please contact Phil Douglass 801-510-1406 (northern); Scott Root, 801-376-7076 (central); Ron Stewart, 435-790-0207; (northeastern), or Brent Stettler, 435-636-6731.
Not that hunting is the only chance local youth have to connect with the local bird population. In the Great Salt Lake marsh, the action heats up at sunset.
You’ll see ducks, geese and possibly thousands of swans. The swans are migrating now and will hit peak numbers in mid-November. (It’s an event that provides stunning audio and video footage.) Through the middle of November, join a DWR employee in a kayak and discover the unique sights and sounds of the marsh at sunset. Note: Space is limited to two people. For more information, please contact Phil Douglass at 801-510-1406
In other parts of the state, however, it’s fish that are on everyone’s minds. Local anglers travelling to Flaming Gorge are dealing with fish with all the appeal of a Halloween fright mask.
The mottled, eel-like burbot is a voracious predator that now threatens the outstanding salmon and trout fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. To learn more about this invasive fish—and to remove some from the reservoir—the DWR will be netting them Nov. 4-6.
There are also slightly more attractive fish out in the water. Anglers come from across Utah—and even from other states—to catch feisty rainbow and tiger trout at Scofield Reservoir. To keep fishing great, the DWR will be enforcing new regulations at Scofield beginning in 2009. The agency will also begin stocking the water with an additional trout species: the Bear Lake cutthroat trout.